Here is a rough approximation of the color palette I am going for. It is based on one of my favorite outfits. I have a dress in the coral color that is a bit too low cut to wear for teaching. To get around this it gets layered with sports bras. The two sports bras I find myself wanting to couple it with are purple and teal, so bam! Color palette!
This is the design I have more or less settled on (though don't ask which color will be which!). I think it would make the chickens happy. Side note, chickens can actually see in color, so it is very important to make sure the colors are arranged in a pleasing design. This is a submissions for the Accuquilt contest by Mary Kay Davis.
So far I have purchased a "2 foot x 2 foot" piece of plywood, taken that back because it was actually 23 and 7/8" x 23 and 7/8", bought a 3' by 3' piece of plywood, picked/purchased paint, used wood filler to fix the knots, sanded it smooth, and painted the background grey color. Here is my blank canvas.
And here it is with the grey background.
Now that the grey has dried I'm working on marking and taping up the design so I can paint the colors one by one. To finish this on time each color has about a week to get painted, and that will still leave a chunk of time for touchups and/or unforeseen delays (like end of semester grading, and two back-to-back weekends of different friends staying with us).